Monday, 7 November 2016

Some Progress in Dorset!
















We've been working super hard over the last few months to try and get the house in Dorset ready for us to move into in time for Christmas...these are pictures taken last week, which show that we are still  a little way away from completion, but we are positive about moving in at the end of this month and having it finished enough for a family Christmas! With a project of this scale there are always challenges, but so far we've actually been pretty lucky. No major horrors that we weren't expecting, just a lot to do. 

Since I last shared pictures, a huge amount has changed. We have replaced the roof, ALL the windows and doors and re-plumbed and re-wired the whole house. We have also had to dig down throughout the ground floor in order to lay under floor heating pipes and then pour cement on top - six huge lorry loads! We now have a cosy, water-tight house with a lot of decoration to do before we move in in a few weeks' time. 

For a lot of the rooms I designed the schemes a few months ago and it is now so lovely to watch them taking shape. The one space that I have found really tricky is the front hall. As you can see below I have tried a lot of different colours on the wall!

My initial instinct was to go for something fresh and blue, but when the samples went on they were too cold for the space. I then tried some warmer Farrow & Ball colours that I love and use often; Elephants Breath, Cornforth White, Purbeck Stone - they just appeared a little sludgy.

I am now trying green/grey and hope to make a final decision soon - La Seine by Zoffany is my current favourite - what do you think?! The reason it's a very challenging space is because there are a lot of walls, all facing different directions and all getting different amounts of light, but hopefully I'll get there soon!

I will share more updates with you in the next few weeks

LBM
x

ps - Oh and the Aga is in! I am super excited about that!











{Images by Patrick Butler-Madden}


Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Exciting Bits & Pieces

{Image via Houzz}
Apologies for being AWOL for the past few weeks - P and I went on a wonderful trip to see friends in New England, and of the course the beautiful Fall, but I have been posting regular updates on Instagram

We have now we have returned to slight mayhem as we are in the final stages of work on the Dorset project. We are due to move in one month today and my goodness there is still a LOT to do. I will share an update post with you next week, but in the meantime I wanted to write about a few exciting things in my world that I haven't had time to share with you yet.

The first is that I have been asked to write for amazing design website Houzz - it's been a huge hit in the US for a number of years now and the UK version, which was launched a few years ago, is going from strength to strength - the site has millions and millions users worldwide, so needless to say I am thrilled to have been asked to join them as a guest contributor for the next few months.

You can read my first two features here and here and I will update you each month when I publish a new one. I will be writing about interiors topics and offering advice, so if there is anything you would like to hear about then please do let me know.

I am also thrilled to have been featured in the latest issue of Very magazine:



Finally, I have a sparkly new website in the pipeline. The blog will stay the same, but I will have a new website for my interior design work that will sit alongside the blog. I hope to be able to share the finished version with you in a few weeks time!

So all of that along with the culmination of the Dorset project and an imminent house move, is keeping me very busy, but I hope to be back to blogging as normal now.

See you next week with a Dorset project update and I will endeavour to share our wonderful trip in New England with you soon too!

LBM
x


If you like this post and want to be kept up to date with my blog, then click on the links to follow me on Bloglovin Facebook or Instagram.
SaveSave

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Balearic Dreaming...


Having project managed the build of a house in the Balearics a few years ago and spent four years living in the north of Mallorca, it is a place that I hold very dearly. I was lucky enough this summer to visit both Mallorca and Fomentera (post on the latter coming soon) and of course Ibiza very briefly en route to Fomentera! I dream of renovating a rustic house somewhere the Balearics, particularly today when the temperature has just dropped and it really feels like Winter is on it's way...

Living in the Mallorca, winters were so sunny and bright and fresh. The temperature would usually be 21 degrees or more in the daytime and cooler at night, so you can still light a fire and dig out your cashmere socks. It was blissful and as we creep towards the UK winter I start to miss it more and more! So I've been flicking through fellow blogger Will Bright Bazaar's latest book Dream Decor and absorbing all the lovely bright colours and mediterranean homes that he features inside. It's the perfect tonic on a chilly Autumnal day!

Where would your dream renovation project be?

LBM
x

Dream Decor: Styling A Cool, Creative And Comfortable Home, Wherever You Live by Will Taylor, photography by Andrew Boyd, is out now, published by Jacqui Small (£25). More information can be found here.






{Images by Andrew Boyd & Patrick Butler-Madden}



Monday, 5 September 2016

The Perfect Sunday in Pollensa

Apologies that this post is a little late, but moving house has been a little distracting over the last few weeks! As regular readers will know, I spend quite a lot of time in Pollensa on the north of Mallorca.

A few years ago P and I lived there together and we still visit regularly as my parents have a house  there. Over the years I have shared various posts about the beautiful town, but I haven't yet blogged though about our favourite day there; Sunday. It's when the town really comes to life, whatever the time of year - there is a wonderful food market in the main square and everyone goes - catching up with friends for a coffee and a croissant is one of the highlights of the morning!

This year we decided to add another element to our perfect Sunday...we rose just before dawn to drive out to the lighthouse at Formentor to watch the sun rise. It is one of the most beautiful places in the world and the drive there is as magical as the destination itself. When we arrived at the Lighthouse we found that we weren't the only early birds - some keen cyclists as well as a little family of goats were waiting there to greet us!

After a quick walk around the lighthouse, we took lots of photos of the views and then jumped back in the car to head back to Pollensa in time for the market. It really is a feast of the eyes as well as your tummy - the size and colour of the of the produce is amazing - particularly the lettuce and tomatoes - so much tastier than a lot of what we have in the UK, so we stocked up for the week.

After buying all our food and stopping for a coffee at Club Pollensa, our usual Sunday routine would be to head to our favourite restaurant in town, Trencadora, for Sunday lunch. This year it was just too hot to sit in the middle of the day and eat a full lunch (35+ degrees!), so we missed this out, though we did make up for it with some extra evenings there during the week! The food is Italian and delicious, very reasonably priced and the restaurant is set in a lovely walled garden - you really shouldn't miss a visit there if you find yourself in Pollensa and hungry.

Instead of our Trencadora home we just headed home to relax by the pool with some magazines and a chilled glass of Rosé - utter bliss.

If only we were still there!

LBM
x

I am thrilled to have been nominated for the Amara Interior Blog Awards 2016.
Please take a minute to vote for me here - voting closes this Friday! x
























{Photography by Patrick Butler-Madden}


Thursday, 25 August 2016

Bedtime Rituals with Molton Brown



Moving house! One of the most stressful things you can do and though Patrick and I do it more often than most, but despite that, nothing prepares you for the mental and physical chaos that ensues once you start to take your home apart and nothing is where it should be any more!

Whenever we move home it reminds me how much I need and appreciate all my things surrounding me and in being their proper place. Having your own little sanctuary away from the busy outside world is so important and I also like to create a sanctuary within that sanctuary; our bedroom. 

The rest of our house can be colourful or chaotic, but our bedroom is always a soothing calm space. I always choose cool, serene colours when working on the design. I love to create a space that you walk into and relax the moment your toes hit the lovely soft carpet - and a big part of that feeling for me is the scent.

So I was thrilled when Molton Brown launched their new Home & Linen Mists a couple of months ago as an addition to their gorgeous home scent range and for our bedroom I chose Orange & Bergamot to lift the spirits with the beautiful scent of an orange grove.

I love to layer scents and this range is perfect for that - I spritz our sheets with the linen spray before ironing them and then again each night before bed. There is nothing more indulgent that softly fragrant freshly ironed sheets! 

I also like to light the candle when I come to bed in the evening - whilst I potter, take my make up off and tidy up, the room gets gently scented and I always try to read for at least 30 minutes before going to sleep with the candle still burning. 

When I'm fully relaxed and my eyes are struggling to stay open, I blow out the candle and fall into a lovely deep sleep. Well most of the time anyway!

LBM
x

I am thrilled to have been nominated for the Amara Interior Blog Awards 2016.
Please take a minute to vote for me here. I would be so grateful! x

Created in collaboration with Molton Brown. All words, opinions, styling & creative direction are my own.






{Photography by Patrick Butler-Madden}


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
 

design + development by kelly christine studio